unknown bird

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Subject: unknown bird
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 23:36:45 +1100
Hi All,

While at work today a workmate and myself came upon a group of around
4-5 birds.
Now these birds looked almost like females or immatures, they were
approx 15-20cms in length, dark brown almost black around the eye, sharp
pointed mandible 20mm,mottled dark brown/black and white spots on
breast,separated by thin pale white streak,no white on outer
wings.Foraging and moving about in weedy growth along Rail line. All in
all hard to define.No song or call. Looked studiously through guide,but
cant come up with anything definite. These are some guesses: Jacky
Winter, Speckled Warbler, Lark or Thrush,Woodswallow...reasonably plain
in appearance.Both of us were definitely unfamiliar with it anywhere,let
alone Hawthorn.I will take Bins and Digital Cam tomorrow to
investigate.Overall grey/brown plumage. Any suggestions?


Mark Kliene.

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